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The Night Of: “Part III: A Dark Crate” Review

Jul 26, 2016

The thrilling noir scrutinization of the criminal justice system has so far swept audiences into its grasps with its first two episodes. This streak continues with the third episode this week....

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Real Time with Bill Maher

Bill Maher Slated For REAL TIME Specials for the GOP/Dem Conventions

Jun 17, 2016

We are all quite familiar that Bill Maher likes to rant on his political bent. He has done so now into his fourteenth season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. He ups the ante this year, but not with...

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Documentaries

HBO Documentary Films: OPEN YOUR EYES

Jul 21, 2016

Overview: Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO’s THE FINAL INCH), this documentary follows Manisara and Durga, an aging couple from the remote Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, as they embark on...

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New Movies

New Movies On HBO – Our Brand Is Crisis

Jul 22, 2016

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the R rated drama playing on HBO. The movie...

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Latest HBO News

Boardwalk Empire Season 4 on DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date

Boardwalk Empire Season 4 on DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date

The Emmy Award winning Boardwalk Empire is back on August 19, 2014 when the fourth season debuts on Blu-ray , DVD and Digital HD. The Blu-ray set also comes with a Digital HD copy. After barely surviving an overthrow attempt by gangster Gyp Rossetti, Nucky Thompson is laying low at the end of the Boardwalk.  However, the calm will be short-lived, as Nucky faces new challenges, including a clash with a violent Harlem power-broker, a battle with his brother Eli over Eli’s college-age son, and the irresistible lure of lucrative – and perilous – opportunities in Florida. Featuring “achingly good...

A LAST WEEK TONIGHT Web Exclusive Interview

A LAST WEEK TONIGHT Web Exclusive Interview

Hey, I thought John Oliver was supposed to do a weekly interview on LAST WEEK TONIGHT? Now I am not going to grumble too hard here but two installments in and the show has tweaked its format. If you recall the show that debuted on 05.04 we had a discussion about the military actions in Ukraine; a “May the Fourth Be With You” clip; the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in D. C.; the Shah of Brunei, the botched execution that launched into a huge Death Penalty piece and a couple of other fun clips thrown in. The show ran out of time with that corporeal punishment discourse that an interview never made into the half hour. I just...

Martin to Release New Westeros Reference Book

Martin to Release New Westeros Reference Book

The Winds of Winter are coming…  just kidding!  Who knows when book six in the Ice and Fire saga will be released (there, there don’t cry sweet summer child)– it could be this year, it could be two years from now! But thankfully the author is keeping us occupied with an interim installment called “The World of Ice and Fire“. Check out the glorious cover which George revealed just today: Here’s the description from Amazon: If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it...

Silicon Valley “Signaling Risk”

Silicon Valley “Signaling Risk”

If this week’s Silicon Valley taught us anything, it’s that Richard is dragging the show down. I mean, seriously, how great was the beginning of this episode? Having Erlich, Dinesh, and Bertram together in the Latino ‘hood was priceless. The interaction between Erlich and Chuy, a graffiti artist that they hope to have design their logo, was so uncomfortable and Dinesh and Bertram acting little squabbling children in the van was perfect. The beginning of this episode felt like no other episode of Silicon Valley, which is a good thing. The show seemed to be getting caught up with too much talk about Pied Piper. It was refreshing to see...

Ja’mie: Private School Girl DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date

Ja’mie: Private School Girl DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date

Coming this summer from HBO Home Entertainment® is a DVD release that is “so frickin’ quiche” it might just win the Hillford Medal. In Chris Lilley’s hilarious Summer Heights High, Ja’mie King (one of many characters played by Lilley himself) was a private school princess slumming it at a lowly public school. But in Ja’mie: Private School Girl, available to own on DVD and Digital HD August 5, 2014, Lilley zooms in the lens on one of his most beloved and bitchy characters as she plays out her final days as the most popular girl at the prestigious Hillford Girls Grammar school. The irreverently funny and...

Development Slate: YELLOWSTONE; CARTHAGE; Rosie O’Donnell & More

Development Slate: YELLOWSTONE; CARTHAGE; Rosie O’Donnell & More

No big shattering development news here but a few tidbits of information that will add up to a worthwhile post for you to consider. With HBO’s parent company doing healthy in the market and its desire to create more HBO original content each of these brief descriptions could grow up to be a series in the channel’s future so we will keep on acknowledging them as they surface.   YELLOWSTONE Drama from Sons of Anarchy Team Art and John Linson, a father and son producing team, have teamed up for another gritty drama and this one is for HBO. Not only have they done the FX biker drama, but Art produced movies like Fight Club and the...

VICE Season Two; Episode 7 Review

VICE Season Two; Episode 7 Review

Overview: The brutal details of the 2012 Delhi bus gang rape focused international attention on India’s rampant rape issue. Inept law enforcement, the social stigma associated with rape, and a patriarchal social structure have allowed sexual assaults to plague Indian women. Delhi’s police department has vowed to hire more female officers and set up a help desk but these measures are hardly a solution. Reports of rape in Delhi doubled in 2013 and, as bad as it is in Delhi, the Indian countryside is worse.   Instead of investigating rape cases, rural police officers ignore victims and their families. Sampat Pal has united rural...

Movie Review: Prisoners

Movie Review: Prisoners

Prisoners is a perfect example of one of those movies that takes you completely by surprise. When it was released last year, there wasn’t a great deal of promotion nor was there any hype regardless of the two main leads being two of the biggest names in Hollywood. So to be entirely blown away and emotionally, physically and mentally captivated from start to finish was a pure delight and only made experiencing the film all the more special. It’s one of those films you wish you could watch for the first time all over again, like The Usual Suspects so you can feel the full force of its final gasp-inducing twist. The plot is something that...

Game of Thrones 4.05 Review – First of His Name

Game of Thrones 4.05 Review – First of His Name

Directed by: Michelle McLaren Written by: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss Power is the driving theme behind ‘First of His Name’. We’ve reached the mid-point of season four (crazy, I know), delivering an episode that blossomed new story lines while continuing to build others. King Tommen is crowned, Sansa and Petyr reach the Eyrie and Daenerys makes the decision to stall her invasion of King’s Landing to rule in Meereen. The episode didn’t quite have that ‘mid-point’ feel. Everything was much more subtle. I credit this effect to the slow pace of the previous two episodes. This is not...

That Veep-tastic Video from the White House Correspondent’s Dinner

That Veep-tastic Video from the White House Correspondent’s Dinner

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a presidential mastery of comedy… well, vice-presidential anyway. She’s also becoming quite famous over at the real capital these days. Last night JLD and Vice President Joe Biden debuted a hilarious video starring no less than Michelle Obama nagging about eating ice cream out of a bucket, Speaker of the House John Boehner watching Pandas on NatGeo instead of working and Nancy Pelosi getting a tattoo. Does all of this sound too weird to be real?  Here’s the video to check it out for yourself if you missed it: Want more Julia? Veep continues tonight on...

David Simon CIA Series Rejected?

David Simon CIA Series Rejected?

IndieWire has a report out from the Tribeca Film Festival that David Simon, who just concluded TREME last year for HBO, will not be going forward with his CIA series. The concept, that has been in development for quite a while now, is LEGACY OF ASHES by Tim Weiner; it is a history of the Central Intelligence Agency.  During a panel discussion held at the festival Mr. Simon let forth some information of interest to HBO fans regarding this project. He stated – “I’ve got a story that I’d love to do which I’ve been working on for eight or nine years, which is the history of the CIA, which would basically be America’s...

Time Warner Invests in More HBO Original Content, Better HBO Go

Time Warner Invests in More HBO Original Content, Better HBO Go

Time Warner, the massive media conglomerate parent company of HBO says it plans to create even more original programming and to level up HBO Go.  Speaking to investors about the recent major Amazon deal C.E.O. of TWX, Jeff Bewkes had this to say: “We are hopeful that availability on Prime Instant Video will introduce additional consumers to the great content that HBO produces and will potentially drive sub-additions over time to the HBO network service.   And we plan to use additional revenue from the deal to invest even more in HBO’s groundbreaking original programming and to further accelerate the development of next...

Will Yun Lee to Guest Star on True Blood

Will Yun Lee to Guest Star on True Blood

Each season we typically see a flurry of new faces on True Blood. This finale season will be no different, it seems as the talented Will Yun Lee will be guest staring on a handful of episodes. You might remember him from The Wolverine, Bond film Die another Day or the new Total Recall. No? Well you’ll get to know him this season anyway. He’ll play Mr Gus, a Japanese businessman living in Texas, whose bigger-than-life, urban cowboy demeanor nearly rivals the size of his large Stetsons, Gus is out for revenge and will stop at nothing to get it. Ya’ll come back now ya’hear? HBO released nine new photos from the new season...

9 New Images from True Blood Season 7

9 New Images from True Blood Season 7

Waiting Sucks but you know HBO always has your back when it comes to giving you a little bit of a tease while you pine endlessly for more True Blood. This WILL BE the final season of the summer smash hit but we’re hoping the show goes out with a bang and does the series justice.  We’re counting on you, HBO!  Here are the latest still images from the series released just this week: True Blood season 7 premieres June 22nd.  Will Sookie and Bill get back together? Is Eric Northman even alive? Check out...

The Men of HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART

The Men of HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART

The cast of the upcoming HBO Films presentation THE NORMAL HEART has quite a number of people involved on camera and behind it. At the forefront are some of the men involved. In fact, a number of them, graced the May issue  of Vogue magazine recently. You will find Ryan Murphy, the director/producer along with Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons.  In the magazine Ryan Murphy was quoted as saying – “I grew up loving the play I remember thinking, ‘Why has this movie not been made?’ Larry [Kramer] and the other organizers were true heroes. I have a wonderful life. I’m married, I have a kid, I have...

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